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Editor’s Note: The Provincial Government of Bataan sends its condolences to the bereaved family of Former Bataan Board Member Rodolfo Salandanan who joined his Creator last April 30, 2016 at the age of 79.

is aformer school teacher, noted literary and prose writer, poet, novelist, newspaperman, columnist, publisher, and a farmer. He was also a member of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Bataan (2001-2004 and 2004-2007).

“Rod” Salandanan was born in Gabon on February 1, 1937 to parents Engracio Salandanan and Emilia Soriano. He completed two college degrees, Bachelor of Science in Education, and Bachelor of Arts, major in Journalism at the Manuel L. Quezon University.

While teaching at a local high school in Abucay, Rod earned extra money by being a journalist, novelist, short story writer, columnist and scriptwriter. As a writer, he wrote two Comedia plays, “Ang Dalawang Kambal” and “Zorayda,” which became the favorite scripts of Hilarion Cunanan, the Father of Laon Comedia.

In 1968, he ran and won as vice mayor of Abucay. He was partly responsible for the establishmen of the Bonifacio Camacho Memorial High School in Barangay Calaylayan. In 1972, he ran for mayor against Mayor Eliodoro Baluyot and businessman Celso V. Tagle. Both Baluyot and Salandanan lost to Tagle at the polls.

After the defeat, Rod returned to teaching. In 1979, he was employed as literary editor of the Liwayway Magazine. In time, he became the editor of the said publication, as well as the Balita newspaper. He also joined the movie industry by writing film stories and screenplays. He became president of FAMAS from 1993 to 2000; director of the National Press Club (1997-1999); and member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (1998-2000).

His novels which were made into films include: Walang Sinasanto (Bernard Bonnin, Lourdes Medel); Hoy Mister, Ako ang Misis Mo (Elizabeth Oropesa); Isusumbong Kita sa Diyos (Jackie Lou Blanco, Ricky Davao); Anak ng Bulkan (Edu Manzano).

After his colorful stint in Manila, he returned to Abucay and ran for a board member seat in 2001. He won and got reelected in 2004. Unfortunately, he lost in his third attempt during the May 14, 2007 election.

Rod is married to Teodula Salandanan and had three children: Jose Fundador, Ruel and Liza.

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